What to do when someone is running round your home city killing everyone with the same name as you? Would you run? Change your name? Invest in some major artillery?
In the opening scene of Kill Ben Lyk we see just that, someone called Ben Lyk being killed. But it isn’t the right Ben Lyk, but that doesn’t matter, they’ve decided to kill them all.
We follow Eugene Simon (“Game Of Thrones (TV)”, “House Of Anubis (TV)”) as Ben Lyk. He’s a YouTuber, Vlogger, whatever you want to call it. He’s also quite possibly the most annoying character ever committed to screen.
What happens is this, a few Ben Lyk’s are killed, Scotland Yard eventually cotton on and place all the Ben Lyk’s in London they can find, in a safe house, which turns out to be not so safe.
It has a heap of characters, each called Ben Lyk, some of whom are more fleshed out than others, each a cliché of themselves. Simone Ashley (“Pokémon Detective Pikachu“, “Broadchurch (TV)”) plays one of the Ben Lyk’s whilst Gretchen Egolf (“Doctor Who (TV)”, “The Good Wife (TV)”) plays the inept detective.
We learn why someone is trying to kill all the Ben Lyk’s, we also learn who that person is. There’s lots of guns, shootings – accidental and otherwise – and comedy, mostly of the black sort.
Kill Ben Lyk has the feeling of Happy Death Day, only not quite as polished or as funny and with the most annoying main protagonist, did I mention that already? You do wish he would be killed.
The film is directed by Erwan Marinopoulos (“La Petite Souris (TV)”) who also co-wrote with Jean-Christophe Establet (“Faits Divers Paranormaux (TV)”, “Sous Le Soleil (TV)”) and Oliver Maltman (“Crackanory (TV)”, “Lives Of The Infamous Comedy Blaps (TV)”).
I want to like Kill Ben Lyk a lot more than I do, but I struggle to get past the insanely annoying characters. I know they’re meant to be annoying, but it’s dialled up to far for me, which is a shame, as I really enjoyed everything else about the movie.